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Painting under fire: An evening with Masha

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Masha with one of her paintings | Matthew Fink photography

As I walked up the steps inside of the Penske Racing Museum in Scottsdale,  I could see the Arizona sky was lit with bright oranges, yellows, red, and purple. It seemed as though the sky was on fire. What a wonderful way to kick off Arizona Auction week, I thought.

As they arrived, other visitors also marveled at the colors, but not just those in the sunset, because being honored this Friday evening were two special people, Masha, an artist from the Ukraine, and long-time racing driver Brian Redman.
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Five George Barris customs on Barrett-Jackson block

The 1966 Dodge SuperVan is outfitted as a mini discotheque | Barrett-Jackson photos
The 1966 Dodge SuperVan is outfitted as a mini discotheque | Barrett-Jackson photos

George Barris, the legendary King of  Kustomizers, left us late last year at the age of 89, but the many unique custom cars that he and his crew created over the decades remain as testimony to his innovative and often quirky imagination.

Five cars with the George Barris touch will be up for sale at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction January 23-31, including a fanciful custom Dodge van and a mink-lined 1970 Corvette built for actress Farrah Fawcett. Continue reading

Resto-mod ’62 Corvette moves to top of Kissimmee sales chart

1962 Chevrolet Corvette hammers sold for $135,000 | Mecum photo by Magie Pinke
1962 Chevrolet Corvette hammers sold for $135,000 | Mecum photo by Magie Pinke

A 1962 Chevrolet Corvette resto mod, built over a tube-frame chassis with C4/C5 suspension and LS1 engine, not only was the top car Thursday at Mecum Auctions sale in Kissimmee, Florida, but became the high-seller of the auction so far. The car hammered sold for $135,000.

A 1968 Shelby GT500KR Ford Mustang also exceeded the previous leader, a 2014 BMW i8 Hybrid, when it sold Thursday for $130,000. Continue reading

Winter no worry for Owls Head snow machine event

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Snow Machines on display at OHTM | OHTM Photos

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia is scheduled to stage its first Demo Day of the year Saturday with several cars being exercised in a museum parking lot. However, the event is dependent on the weather and the threatening winter storm.

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Musty Maserati ‘barn find’ heads for Gooding Scottsdale auction

The 1962 Maserati Spider Vignale is a rare model in 'barn-find' condition | Gooding photos
The 1962 Maserati Spider Vignale is a rare model in ‘barn-find’ condition | Gooding photos

Enid, Oklahoma, doesn’t seem like the sort of place where you might unearth a rare and valuable coachbuilt Maserati convertible, but that is where this dusty “barn find” was discovered after at least 20 years stored inside a private garage.

In as-found condition and still wearing British license plates, the 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi Vignale Spider will be auctioned during Gooding & Company’s sale January 29-30 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Continue reading

GTO Judge tops day, cracks top 10 at Mecum Kissimmee

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge takes high-sale honors Wednesday at Kissimmee sale | Mecum Auctions photos
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge takes high-sale honors Wednesday at Kissimmee sale | Mecum Auctions photos

A 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge that sold for $105,000 topped sales Wednesday, the sixth day of Mecum Auctions’ annual Kissimmee sale in Florida.

In addition to drawing honors as the day’s top-dollar sale, the ’69 Judge cracked into the overall top 10 for the auction that continues through January 24 at Osceola Heritage Park. Continue reading

Breaking news: Leake to offer rare L89 Corvette at no reserve

Turns out among the 40 Falbo Corvettes is this very rare L89 convertible |Leake Auction photos
Turns out among the 40 Falbo Corvettes is this very rare L89 convertible |Leake Auction photos

Remember our report last month that Leake Auction Co. had secured the Tom Falbo Collection of more than 100 cars that it would offer at no reserve at its sale February 20 in Oklahoma City, and that Leake had hired Roy Sinor to examine the 40 classic Corvettes included in the collection?

Well, Sinor has been at work and Leake announced Wednesday that the recently retired national judging chairman of the NCRS (the National Corvette Restorers Society) has determined that one of those Corvettes, a 1967 convertible in Marlboro Maroon with a white stinger hood and interior, is a rare L89 model. Continue reading

Last car of day brings highest bids Tuesday at Mecum Kissimmee

So far, this 2014 BMW i8 has drawn highest sales price at Kissimmee auction | Mecum Auctions photos
So far, this 2014 BMW i8 has drawn highest sales price at Kissimmee auction | Mecum Auctions photos

For the first time in the history of Mecums Auctions, the final consignment of the day posted the high sale of the day Tuesday when a 1995 Porsche 933 cabriolet sold for $81,000 at the Mecum sale in Kissimmee, Florida. Continue reading

ClassicCars.com to give 2nd annual award at Arizona Concours

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1935 Duesenberg SSJ | Arizona Concours d’Elegance Photos

For the second year, ClassicCars.com has selected five exceptional cars from the Arizona Concours d’Elegance show field at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix to be voted upon by the website’s social-media audience.

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Hagerty market index slips yet again

January 2016 Hagerty Market Rating
January 2016 Hagerty Market Rating

As we head into Arizona Auction Week, the Hagerty Market Rating reports a marketplace that is down for the second consecutive and for the seventh time in the past eight months. The January rating is 70.63, down from 71.00 in December. Continue reading